Ohio Fire Chief Credentialing Program
The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association (OFCA) and the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation (OF&ESF) have identified the need to further enhance the professionalism of chief fire officers throughout the State of Ohio by the establishment of a uniform credentialing program. The goal of the program is to ensure a strong degree of accountability. The Credentialing Program sets forth the goals needed for chief fire officers to establish a higher degree of professionalism so that fire chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department, their community, and other organizations. The goal is to promote the professional development of the chief fire officer in Ohio and to assist these chiefs in their daily operations, management, and leadership.
Credentialed participants will be required to renew their credentials every three years.
The OFCA, through this program, has attempted to establish occupational education, fire service related training, and experience criteria relevant to the position of fire chief. This process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, paid-on-call, or full-time applicant to meet the minimum criteria for achieving the Ohio Fire Chief credential.
By participation in this program, an applicant agrees to abide by a Mission Statement and Code of Professional Conduct. The credentialing process will be solely administered by The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Credentialing Committee.
Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Credentialed Chiefs
Chief Rick Anderson, OFE, OFC Ashland Fire Division
Chief Thomas Burgasser, OFC Massillon Fire Department
Chief John Frazier, OFC Russell Fire Department
Chief Brent Gates, OFC New Concord Fire Department
Assistant Chief Ray Green, OFC Canal Fulton Fire Department
Chief William Houk, OFC Jefferson Township Fire Department
Assistant Chief Justin Joy, OFE, OFC Greentown Fire Department
Chief Jeff Klein, OFE, OFC Perrysburg Fire Division
Chief Dennis Lewis, OFE, OFC Bazetta Fire Department
Chief Mark Martin, OFC Perry Township Fire Department
Chief Matt Noble, OFC Orange Township Fire Department
Assistant Chief Daniel Podlogar, OFE, OFC Lawrence Township Fire Department
Chief Rudy Ruiz, MBA, EFO, FO, OFC Bedford Township Fire Department
Chief Bill Shaw, EFO, OFC Solon Fire Department
Chief George Snyder, BCJ, OFC Burghill Vernon Fire Department
Chief Porter Welch, J.D., OFE, OFC Scioto Township Fire Department
Chief Jonathan Westendorf, OFC Franklin Division of Fire
Chief Bill Wilkins, OFC Defiance Fire Department
Chief Jerry Winkler, OFC Seville-Guilford Fire & Rescue
Chief Paul Wright, OFC Montgomery Fire Department
Chief Jeffery Young, OFE, OFC Sheffield Village Fire Department